Assessing 21 st Century Skills. Partnership for 21 st Century Skills National School Boards Association Orlando, Florida March 29, 2008. Overview. Who is the Partnership and what is the Framework for 21 st Century Skills? Formative Assessment of 21 st century skills
Partnership for 21st Century Skills
National School Boards Association
March 29, 2008
A unique partnership between business, education and policymakers
With support from the U.S. Department
Learning & Innovation Skills
Information, Media & Technology Skills
Life & Career Skills
How do I learn more about 21st century skills?
Importance of global benchmarking
Importance of emerging skills
Source: Levy F. and R.J. Murnane (2004) The New Division of Labor: How Computers are Creating the Next Labor Market. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press
What is Formative Assessment?
It is a process used by teachers and students during instruction that provides feedback to adjust ongoing teaching and learning to improve students’ achievement of intended outcomes.
What does it look like in the classroom?
“Classroom Assessment: Minute by Minute, Day by Day” Leahy, Lyon, Thompson, Wiliam. 2005.
Focus on 21st century skills
Make thinking visible,
structured, real time, authentic
Data used to inform instruction
Build capacity of teachers
Partnership for 21st Century Skills White Paper on Assessment
Good assessment skills
Pedagogical content knowledge
Impact on performance
Greater authenticity possible
Tools in white paper
Capabilities for formative assessment
21st century technology skills
Classification/selection of students or schools
Large-scale assessments (international, national, state)
General achievement measures (e.g. commercial NRT’s, SAT, ACT)
Classroom, school, district summative tests
Unit, marking period tests/exams
State Board of Education’s
for the 21st Century
for the 21st Century
The guiding mission of the North Carolina State Board of Education is that every public school student will graduate from high school, globally competitive for work and postsecondary education and prepared for life in the 21st century.
New Standards for a New Mission
Biology Prototype Project
Dr. John Bransford
International expert on cognition and technology
Learning in Informal
Blue Ribbon Accountability Commission
Are our students ready for the new global economy?
Are our students critical thinkers and problem solvers?
Are our students globally aware?
Are our students self-directed?
Are our students good collaborators?
Are our students information and technology literate?
Are our students flexible and adaptable?
Are our students innovative?
Are our students effective communicators?
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